Monday, Sept. 2 No School (Labor Day)
Tuesday, Sept. 10 MAP testing starts with one test/ week 3 tests total (More info. coming.)
Thursday, Sept. 12 School Pictures (More info. coming.)
These weekly newsletters will be filled with what we have been doing in class, but also important announcements and information. You will want to read these each week! You can access this information in MANY ways:
-log onto http://dms5.weebly.com each weekend at your convenience
-you can also access this by logging onto your child’s Canvas account
-request a printed copy (by notifying your student’s PrimeTime teacher)
-read the weekly email
Reminder that school begins promptly at 8 AM, students will begin entering the school/classrooms at 7:52 AM.
A La Carte
In the Middle School, students have the option to purchase a few different a la carte items when going through the lunch line. They can make this purchase with their lunch tickets, but again, it is an extra charge- above and beyond the normal lunch that is served. If you have questions or wish to NOT have your child have access to this option, you can contact Kristi Roffmann (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Students will have opportunities to sign up for these extra music activities. Currently, students are participating in instrument and chorus trials. Look for information in the next week or two from the band, orchestra, and chorus teachers about signing up .
What’s Happening Outside: Dragonflies! On our website, you will find to the right of this news update a new semi-regular feature designed to help students learn about the natural world. We will post links to short informational videos and web content about the phenology (what’s happening outside...now) of the local area. For the next few weeks, keep your eyes open for hordes of dragonflies! These incredible creatures are fascinating to learn about. Enjoy! (Link: https://tinyurl.com/y4f8ogv3).
Math 5-In math this week we started looking at the formatting and content included in the digital lesson portion of our Zearn curriculum. Next week we’ll officially begin our first unit about place value and powers of ten. I’ve enjoyed getting to know your student this week!
Hybrid Math- This week we started our first unit from Course 1 about factors and multiples. This unit will continue into next week. I’ve enjoyed getting to know your student this week!
From Mr. Amundson:
Social Studies: Great first week of school. Students spent time familiarizing themselves with our TCI program. Introduced our first section on the geography of the U.S.
Reading/Language: This week students spent time familiarizing themselves with our daily and weekly writing routines. Students also selected the independent reading books. Each night students should be reading their IR books for 20 minutes.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: This first week’s classes have been spent discussing what scientists do and the different steps in the scientific method. We’re conducting an experiment to determine the best way to keep bananas fresh! Stay tuned for the results next week!
Language: We’ve been establishing our daily and weekly routines (word work, daily language review, and daily writing). We’re also working on a little project that revolves around the Character Counts Six Traits of Good Character.
Reading: Lessons this week were on good fit books, read-to-self, and read-to-someone. Students should be reading their independent reading books daily for 20 minutes or more. This book should travel to and from home & school each day.
From Mr. Peterson:
Science. We are beginning our ecosystem unit. We began with this BIG QUESTION: Why don’t leaves and logs just pile up in the woods? We will learn where how ecosystems work to move energy and matter through organisms and the environment.
Reading/Writing. We’ve been getting to know how to do some of the beginning digital writing we’ll be using the rest of the year. We set up Kidblog (I’ll tell about it later on a 5P blog post) and we have written some short pieces about ourselves. Our focus question for early in the year is this: What is my story?
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies: Things are off to a great start in social studies! We just started our first unit on maps and U.S. geography. We’ll review concepts such as latitude and longitude, basic map skills, and geographical terms.
Language: Our first week in language absolutely FLEW by! We have learned procedures for our Daily Language Review and completed week 1 of Word Work to prepare for our first spelling and vocabulary test. We also started Daily Writing. In Daily Writing, the students and I communicate back and forth using a google doc while they respond to prompts, learn to write good sentences and proofread through our dialogue.